Marine & Coastal Science

(College of Letters & Sciences, College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, and College of Biological Sciences)

Michael E. Oskin, Ph.D., Chairperson of the Department

David A. Osleger, Ph.D., Vice-Chairperson, Undergraduate Program

Sujoy Mukhopadhyay, Ph.D., Vice-Chairperson, Graduate Program

Department Office. Earth and Planetary Sciences; 2119 Earth and Physical Sciences; 530-752-0350; http://geology.ucdavis.edu/

Faculty. http://geology.ucdavis.edu/people/faculty/index.php

The major in Marine and Coastal Science focuses on the interdisciplinary nature of marine sciences by exposing students to core, breadth, and focus area courses in the discipline, in addition to a strong foundation of science preparatory material. The major builds upon UC Davis strengths in marine and coastal sciences, including field-based courses offered at Bodega Marine Laboratory to provide students a unique, interdisciplinary, “hands on” education. Advising is provided by the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences for interested students.

The Program. The major begins with introductory courses in mathematics, chemistry, physics, biology, and earth sciences. These are followed by core courses in Marine Science. The major requirements provide focus and breadth, so that each student gains mastery in one area and broad exposure to many facets of Marine and Coastal Science. Focus areas are: (i) Coastal Environmental Processes, (ii) Marine Ecology and Organismal Biology, (iii) Marine Environmental Chemistry, and (iv) Oceans and the Earth System.

In this major, students will be exposed to the foundation disciplines within marine science (biology, chemistry, geology, physics) as well as modern issues facing marine and coastal environments; e.g., climate change, pollution, carbon cycling, conservation. The major requires field experience, independent research or internship, and concludes with a capstone course featuring current research in marine science. These integrative experiences will require students to synthesize the interdisciplinary topics that they have encountered through this degree program. The mastery achieved provides a strong foundation for future careers in academic science, government, policy, and the private sector. For more information, see http://marinescience.ucdavis.edu/programs/mcsci/index.html.

Internships and Career Alternatives. A B.S. in Marine and Coastal Science will provide students with knowledge and practical experience needed to pursue careers in marine science (government, private sector, research) and/or advanced degree programs. The major program includes both research and internship experiences to help prepare students for these career paths. For more information, see http://marinescience.ucdavis.edu/programs/mcsci/internships.html.

Advising. Students majoring in Marine and Coastal Science are strongly encouraged to meet with their faculty advisor (assigned, based upon Focus Area choice) once per year to review their coursework plans. Staff advising is available through the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, and student peer advisors are available. Faculty advisors include: Tessa Hill (College of Letters and Science), Anne Todgham and John Largier (College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences), and Brian Gaylord (College of Biological Sciences). For more information, see   http://marinescience.ucdavis.edu/programs/mcsci/advising.html.

The student's chosen Focus Area will determine the college into which the student is admitted, the college where the degree is awarded, and the associated department:

  • Coastal Environmental Processes. College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences; Environmental Science & Policy
  • Marine Ecology & Organismal Biology. College of Biological Sciences; Evolution & Ecology
  • Marine Environmental Chemistry. College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences; Environmental Toxicology
  • Oceans and the Earth System. College of Letters and Science; Earth and Planetary Sciences
Preparatory Subject Matter
Units: 51-63
BIS 002A
Introduction to Biology: Essentials of Life on Earth (Active)
5
BIS 002B
Introduction to Biology: Principles of Ecology and Evolution (Active)
5
BIS 002C
Introduction to Biology: Biodiversity and the Tree of Life (Active)
5
CHE 002A
General Chemistry (Active)
5
CHE 002B
General Chemistry (Active)
5
CHE 002C
General Chemistry (Active)
5
or
CHE 003A
Chemistry for Life Sciences: Determining Structure and Predicting Properties (Active)
5
CHE 003B
Chemistry for Life Sciences: Predicting and Characterizing Chemical Change (Active)
5
CHE 003C
Chemistry for Life Sciences: Controlling Processes and Synthetic Pathways (Active)
5
MAT 016A
Short Calculus (Active)
3
MAT 016B
Short Calculus (Active)
3
MAT 016C
Short Calculus (Active)
3
or
MAT 017A
Calculus for Biology and Medicine (Active)
4
MAT 017B
Calculus for Biology and Medicine (Active)
4
MAT 017C
Calculus for Biology and Medicine (Active)
4
or
MAT 021A
Calculus (Active)
4
MAT 021B
Calculus (Active)
4
MAT 021C
Calculus (Active)
4
PHY 007A
General Physics (Active)
4
PHY 007B
General Physics (Active)
4
PHY 007C
General Physics (Active)
4
or
PHY 009A
Classical Physics (Active)
5
PHY 009B
Classical Physics (Active)
5
PHY 009C
Classical Physics (Active)
5
CHE 008A
Organic Chemistry: Brief Course (Active)
2
CHE 008B
Organic Chemistry: Brief Course (Active)
4
Strongly recommended:
 
EVE 012
Life in the Sea (Active)
3
GEL 016
The Oceans (Active)
3
Depth Subject Matter
Units: 45-74
GEL 116N
Oceanography (Active)
3
or
ESP 116N
Oceanography (Active)
3
STA 100
Applied Statistics for Biological Sciences (Active)
4
Choose two:
7-8
GEL 150A
Physical and Chemical Oceanography (Active)
4
or
ESP 150A
Physical and Chemical Oceanography (Active)
4
GEL 150B
Geological Oceanography (Active)
3
or
ESP 150B
Geological Oceanography (Active)
3
GEL 150C
Biological Oceanography (Active)
4
or
ESP 150C
Biological Oceanography (Active)
4
Choose two:
8-9
ATM 120
Atmospheric Thermodynamics and Cloud Physics (Active)
4
ESP 100
General Ecology (Active)
4
ESP 110
Principles of Environmental Science (Active)
4
ETX 101
Principles of Environmental Toxicology (Active)
4
EVE 100
Introduction to Evolution (Active)
4
EVE 101
Introduction to Ecology (Active)
4
EVE 112
Biology of Invertebrates (Active)
3
and
EVE 112L
Biology of Invertebrates Laboratory (Active)
2
HYD 103N
Fluid Mechanics Fundamentals (Active)
4
EVE 111
Marine Environmental Issues (Active)
1
or
ESP 111
Marine Environmental Issues (Active)
1
Marine Ecology & Organismal Biology focus area:
10-13
BIS 101
Genes and Gene Expression (Active)
4
BIS 102
Structure and Function of Biomolecules (Active)
3
and
BIS 103
Bioenergetics and Metabolism (Active)
3
or
BIS 105
Biomolecules and Metabolism (Active)
3
BIS 104
Cell Biology (Active)
3
Courses cannot be utilized to fulfill multiple requirements, with the exception that any Bodega Marine Laboratory course simultaneously fulfills the field requirement below.
 
Focus Area Requirement
Units: 12
Complete at least four courses from one category below, totaling at least 12 units.
 
Coastal Environmental Processes. College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences; Environmental Science & Policy
 
Emphasis on processes and environments of the coastal zone, and the strong physical-biological connection that exists here. Courses highlight the critical terrestrial-marine interface and fundamental physical processes in the coastal zone.
 
This focus area requirement can be fulfilled using:
 
ATM 121A
Atmospheric Dynamics (Active)+
4
ATM 121B
Atmospheric Dynamics (Active)+
4
ATM 158
Boundary-Layer Meteorology (Active)
4
ETX 102A
Environmental Fate of Toxicants (Active)+
4
ESP 152
Coastal Oceanography (Active)
3
ESP 155
Wetland Ecology (Active)
4
ESP 155L
Wetland Ecology Laboratory (Active)
3
ESP 166
Ocean and Coastal Policy (Active)
3
GEL 156
Hydrogeology and Contaminant Transport (Active)+
5
GEL 182
Field Studies in Marine Geochemistry (Active)
2-8
HYD 103N
Fluid Mechanics Fundamentals (Active)
4
HYD 134
Aqueous Geochemistry (Active)
6
HYD 143
Ecohydrology (Active)+
4
HYD 144
Groundwater Hydrology (Active)+
4
WFC 157
Coastal Ecosystems (Active)+
4
Marine Ecology and Organismal Biology. College of Biological Sciences; Evolution & Ecology
 
Focus on physiological adaptations to the marine environment, and the biology of marine species from the molecular to population levels. Courses include emphasis on the ecological processes that determine the distribution and abundance of marine organisms, and the patterns and mechanisms of evolution in the ocean.
 
The focus area requirement can be fulfilled using:
 
ANS 131
Reproduction and Early Development in Aquatic Animals (Active)~
4
BIS 122
Population Biology and Ecology (Active)
3
BIS 122P
Population Biology and Ecology/Advanced Laboratory Topics (Active)
5
ESP 100
General Ecology (Active)
4
ESP 121
Population Ecology (Active)
4
ESP 124
Marine and Coastal Field Ecology (Active)
3
ESP 155
Wetland Ecology (Active)~
4
ESP 155L
Wetland Ecology Laboratory (Active)
3
EVE 100
Introduction to Evolution (Active)
4
EVE 101
Introduction to Ecology (Active)
4
EVE 106
Mechanical Design in Organisms (Active)~†
3
EVE 112
Biology of Invertebrates (Active)
3
EVE 112L
Biology of Invertebrates Laboratory (Active)
2
EVE 114
Experimental Invertebrate Biology (Active)~†
3
EVE 115
Marine Ecology (Active)
4
EVE 120
Global Change Ecology (Active)
3
ETX 127
Environmental Stress and Development in Marine Organisms (Active)~†
10
NPB 141
Physiological Adaptation of Marine Organisms (Active)
3
NPB 141P
Physiological Adaptation of Marine Organisms/Advanced Laboratory Topics (Active)
5
WFC 120
Biology and Conservation of Fishes (Active)
3
WFC 120L
Laboratory in Biology and Conservation of Fishes (Active)
2
WFC 121
Physiology of Fishes (Active)
4
WFC 122
Population Dynamics and Estimation (Active)
4
WFC 130
Physiological Ecology of Wildlife (Active)
4
Marine Environmental Chemistry. College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences; Environmental Toxicology
 
Emphasis on major themes in marine chemistry, geochemistry, the carbon cycle, and contaminant fate and transport.
 
The focus area requirement can be fulfilled using:
 
CHE 100
Environmental Water Chemistry (Active)
3
ETX 101
Principles of Environmental Toxicology (Active)#
4
ETX 102A
Environmental Fate of Toxicants (Active)#
4
ETX 120
Perspectives in Aquatic Toxicology (Active)#
4
ETX 127
Environmental Stress and Development in Marine Organisms (Active)#†
10
ECI 140A
Environmental Analysis of Aqueous Systems (Active)
4
GEL 148
Stable Isotopes and Geochemical Tracers (Active)#
3
GEL 182
Field Studies in Marine Geochemistry (Active)
2-8
HYD 134
Aqueous Geochemistry (Active)
6
HYD 141
Physical Hydrology (Active)
4
WFC 153
Wildlife Ecotoxicology (Active)
4
Oceans and the Earth System. College of Letters and Science; Earth and Planetary Sciences
 
A study of our changing oceans in the context of earth system history, including climate change, paleoceanography, ecological shifts, conservation, and marine policy.
 
The focus area requirement can be fulfilled using:
 
ATM 116
Modern Climate Change (Active)
3
ESM 120
Global Environmental Interactions (Active)
4
ESM 121
Water Science and Management (Active)
3
ESP 110
Principles of Environmental Science (Active)@
4
ESP 161
Environmental Law (Active)
4
ESP 162
Environmental Policy (Active)
4
ESP 166
Ocean and Coastal Policy (Active)
3
ESP 169
Water Policy and Politics (Active)@
3
ESP 198
Directed Group Study (Active)
1-5
EVE 120
Global Change Ecology (Active)@
3
GEL 107L
Earth History: Paleobiology Laboratory (Active)
2
GEL 107
Earth History: Paleobiology (Active)
3
GEL 108
Earth History: Paleoclimates (Active)
3
GEL 109
Earth History: Sediments and Strata (Active)
2
GEL 109L
Earth History: Sediments and Strata Laboratory (Active)
2
GEL 144
Historical Ecology (Active)
3
SAS 120
Science and Contemporary Societal Issues (Active)
3
WFC 144
Marine Conservation Science (Active)
4
WFC 154
Conservation Biology (Active)
4
+Some courses may require additional prerequisites, such as: ATM 120, MAT 021D, CHE 008B, ESP 100, HYD 103N, 141, 145, ECI 144.
Only offered at Bodega Marine Laboratory.
~Some of these courses may require additional prerequisites, such as: ESP 100, EVE 112, WFC 120, ETX 101
~†Some of these courses may require additional prerequisites, such as: ESP 100, EVE 112, WFC 120, ETX 101. Only offered at Bodega Marine Laboratory.
#Some courses may require additional prerequisites, such as: CHE 008B, GEL 050, 060, HYD 145, ECI 144.
#†Some courses may require additional prerequisites, such as: CHE 008B, GEL 050, 060, HYD 145, ECI 144. Only offered at Bodega Marine Laboratory.
@Some courses may require additional prerequisites, such as: ATM 060, CHE 008A, 008B, GEL 001, ECN 00 1A, HYD 145, ERS 100, IRE 001.
Breadth Requirement
Units: 8
Complete one course from each category below, that is not the student's chosen Focus Area, totaling at least eight units.
 
Coastal Environmental Processes.
 
The breadth requirement can be fulfilled using the following courses:
 
ATM 158
Boundary-Layer Meteorology (Active)
4
ESP 152
Coastal Oceanography (Active)
3
ESP 155
Wetland Ecology (Active)=
4
GEL 182
Field Studies in Marine Geochemistry (Active)
2-8
WFC 157
Coastal Ecosystems (Active)=
4
Marine Ecology and Organismal Biology.
 
The breadth requirement can be fulfilled using the following courses:
 
ESP 124
Marine and Coastal Field Ecology (Active)
3
ESP 155
Wetland Ecology (Active)=
4
EVE 106
Mechanical Design in Organisms (Active)=†
3
EVE 114
Experimental Invertebrate Biology (Active)=†
3
EVE 115
Marine Ecology (Active)
4
EVE 120
Global Change Ecology (Active)
3
ETX 127
Environmental Stress and Development in Marine Organisms (Active)=†
10
NPB 141
Physiological Adaptation of Marine Organisms (Active)
3
NPB 141P
Physiological Adaptation of Marine Organisms/Advanced Laboratory Topics (Active)
5
Marine Environmental Chemistry.
 
The breadth requirement can be fulfilled using the following courses:
 
ETX 120
Perspectives in Aquatic Toxicology (Active)=
4
ETX 127
Environmental Stress and Development in Marine Organisms (Active)
10
CHE 100
Environmental Water Chemistry (Active)
3
GEL 182
Field Studies in Marine Geochemistry (Active)
2-8
HYD 134
Aqueous Geochemistry (Active)
6
HYD 141
Physical Hydrology (Active)
4
Oceans and the Earth System.
 
The breadth requirement can be fulfilled using the following courses:
 
ATM 116
Modern Climate Change (Active)=
3
ESP 166
Ocean and Coastal Policy (Active)
3
EVE 120
Global Change Ecology (Active)=
3
GEL 107
Earth History: Paleobiology (Active)
3
GEL 108
Earth History: Paleoclimates (Active)
3
WFC 144
Marine Conservation Science (Active)
4
WFC 154
Conservation Biology (Active)
4
Only offered at Bodega Marine Laboratory.
=Some courses may require additional prerequisites; see above.
=†Some courses may require additional prerequisites; see above. Only offered at Bodega Marine Laboratory.
Field Requirement
Units: 0-14
The Field Requirement provides exposure to field techniques, experimental design, and the marine environment itself. It is highly recommended that students fulfill this requirement by residence at Bodega Marine Laboratory for one or more courses; see courses denoted with †. Bodega Marine Laboratory courses may simultaneously fulfill an additional requirement in categories above
0
or
Alternatively, students may fulfill the Field Requirement by taking two of the following courses; these courses cannot fulfill multiple requirements:
4-14
GEL 109L
Earth History: Sediments and Strata Laboratory (Active)
2
EVE 112L
Biology of Invertebrates Laboratory (Active)
2
EVE 115
Marine Ecology (Active)
4
ESP 123
Introduction to Field and Laboratory Methods in Ecology (Active)
4
ESP 151L
Limnology Laboratory (Active)
3
GEL 182
Field Studies in Marine Geochemistry (Active)
2-8
WFC 100
Field Methods in Wildlife, Fish, & Conservation Biology (Active)
4
WFC 102L
Field Studies in Fish Biology: Laboratory (Active)
6
WFC 157
Coastal Ecosystems (Active)
4
Internship/Research
Units: 3
BIS 124
Coastal Marine Research (Active)
6
GEL 192
Internship in Geology (Active)
1-12
ESP 192
Internship (Active)
1-12
EVE 192
Internship (Active)
1-12
EVE 199
Special Study for Advanced Undergraduates (Active)
1-5
or
The equivalent.
 
Total Units for the Major by chosen Focus Area:
 
Coastal Environmental Processes (Agricultural and Environmental Sciences)
96-118
Marine Ecology & Organismal Biology (Biological Sciences)
111-137
Marine Environmental Chemistry (Agricultural and Environmental Sciences)
96-118
Oceans and the Earth System (Letters and Science)
96-118
Total: 96-137